With only nine sleeps until my second New York Marathon, it's sod's law that I'd come down with a cold after all these months of training. This race will be my third marathon of the year following the scorching L.A. Marathon in March and the 2015 London Marathon at the end of April, my twelfth marathon overall, and quite possibly the last 26.2 miles I have in me (at least for the time being).
Last year's New York Marathon was certainly a learning experience and now I know what to expect, from the potential cold start and hanging around for hours on Staten Island, to the many bridges along the tough course, which test your legs, stamina and will power.
Last November I finished in 4:22:09, my slowest ever marathon time, so I'd dearly love to shave some minutes off that time this year, but in all honesty I just want to finish in one piece and enjoy the race and the amazing atmosphere along the course more this year.
I'm ready to take one last bite out of the Big Apple and am keeping everything crossed, taped and held together by sheer force of will, for a good result.